High demand for an alternative to antidepressants

Antidepressants often not the solution to recovery from depression

Antidepressants are often not the solution for the recovery of depression. However, they reduce symptoms. Many people who use the most commonly prescribed antidepressants such as Prozac, diazepam, fluvoxamine, temazepam experienced unpleasant side effects. The side effects reported include weight gain, stomach / intestinal problems, nausea, insomnia and dizziness. Other drugs are needed to get the unpleasant side-effects under control. That is why many people who deal with depression are seeking other options.

Knowledge about the possible causes of the onset of depression develops quickly. Recent studies show that several factors may be involved in the onset of depression. This can be different for each person. COBALA Good Care Feels Better has developed a person-specific integrative method for the recovery of depression. The first results are promising. Within months, it appears that anti-depressants may be reduced and / or are no longer needed.

New insights into depression

Recent studies of the University of McMaster in Canada have shown a relationship between depression / anxiety, and intestinal microbes. A relationship with cortisol and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis is assumed. This was demonstrated by several researchers at the VU Medical Center involved in the large-scale project MoodFood. Nutrients from the diet is necessary for the optimal functioning of these axes. For years professors of psychiatry pose that in 33-50% of the people depression can be prevented by a change in lifestyle. At the impressive Tedx about “Depression, the secret that we all share” Andrew Solomon tells more. However, it seems almost impossible to change the treatment or prevention of depression in the Netherlands.


Meta analysis.of randomized controlled clinical trials with saffron confirmed to be effective for the treatment of major suppressions. Source: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov PMH 0075089 (Image Source: Wikipedia Author: Hubertl)

Statistics relating to depression

In the Netherlands, the number of people aged 12 or older with depression has been over 1 million people for years. This is 8% of the Dutch population. Depression most often occurs in women in the age group 40-54 years. With less educated depression occurs 5x more than in highly educated (source: CBS statistics). Depressed people have demonstrably higher prevalence of other diseases in which they are being treated for, inter alia, such as cardiovascular disease, asthma, and diabetes, obesity.

The other approach

COBALA provides a comprehensive history taking and screening for nutrients and other parameters in the body. Through careful analysis and interpretation of the results the background of depression for the individual customer can be understood. Based on the results, together with the client a plan of action is drawn up and guidance starts. By changes in diet and lifestyle and if necessary support from other therapies over a period of three months after the start of the guidance, people have in consultation with the family doctor decided to stop antidepressants and / or antidepressants have not been necessary. Return to their work again proved to be possible. For every person different interventions are needed to restore balance. What works for one may give to the other no improvement. A person-centered approach provides more perspective for depression.

Why treatment and prevention of depression is desirable?

Depression is characterized by a loss of interest or pleasure in nearly all activities. Someone is clearly functioning less in both work and leisure. It is a painful process for the individual and the environment. The risk of suicide may play at times. 22% of the number of people flowing in WIA or WAO has been diagnosed with depression. The total costs of depression in the Netherlands amounts up to € 1.6 billion / year. Despite the new insights about depression and the side effects of anti-depressants an increase in use of 3% is observed annually.

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